Monday, February 1, 2010


I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, or more appropriately St. Valentine's Day. Yes I'm Catholic and know he was a saint. He lost his head for the love of Christ. Now Hallmark and other manufacturers have people "losing their heads" "for the love of Christ". I just looked up the origins of the modern celebration of Valentine's Day in the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine's Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer's Parliament of Foules we read:
For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.
For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers' tokens.

At the office there are several single women who sit together and we will be celebrating Singles Awareness Day. We don't NEED a partner to have fun and be happy, but it would be nice to have one even if it was just to have another adult to talk to over dinner occasionally. So to all those of you who feel like something may be missing this year or any year on 2/14 Happy Singles Awareness Day.


Janet O. said...

A girlfriend and I have been calling it Happy VD Day since high school. Of course it stands for Valentine's Day, but it sounds different when said aloud with bitterness.

Inkerbelle said...
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Inkerbelle said...

I have never liked Valentine's Day! Girlfriends used to ask me what my husband did for me on VD and then looked at me with sadness when I said I did not believe in it. You know, like I was just making excuses for him. But I am not. I have never liked Valentine's Day and I don't believe in it. My husband treats me well all year 'round and I wouldn't want him to be nice to me only because of that specific holiday. More importantly, I feel it puts single people on the spot, many of whom might actually enjoy being single!!
Ok, I am stepping off my soap box now, LOL.